Jets quarterback Sam Darnold


Sam Darnold Signs Jets Contract, Ending Holdout

July 30, 2018 - 3:45 pm


The holdout is over.

Rookie quarterback Sam Darnold signed his contract with the Jets on Monday and is joining the team on Day 4 of training camp. The deal is reportedly for four years, $30.25 million with a $20 million signing bonus.

"What's up, Jets fans? Man, it's a pleasure to be signed now," Darnold said in a video posted on the Jets' Twitter account. "Very excited. Very special moment. Let's do it. Jet up!"

Darnold had been one of only two rookie holdouts in the NFL. While multiple reports suggested the delay in signing was largely related to language regarding "offsets" -- meaning the Jets wouldn't be on the hook for Darnold's full contract if he is cut and signs with a new team -- WFAN's Brian Costello reported that QB had actually agreed to the offsets before training camp. The bigger issue for him was contract language. The Jets agree to pay him his entire signing bonus up front. The Jets also removed a clause that would have allowed them to void his deal over certain fines, Costello reported.

The Jets opened training camp Friday without Darnold, the third overall pick in April's draft. The former USC quarterback will compete against Josh McCown and Teddy Bridgewater for the starting job.

Darnold received a nice slow clap when he made his way onto the field Monday.